• annexin I;
  • human neutrophils;
  • subcellular localisation;
  • secretion

Annexin I is an abundant cytosolic protein in human neutrophils. Besides its intracellular location, annexin I is found as an extracellular protein and the pathway for secretion has been of interest since the protein lacks a signal sequence for secretion. It was recently shown that annexin I is stored in the secretory gelatinase granules of human neutrophils, suggesting that the protein might be released through a granule mobilisation and fusion process resembling classical secretion. In this study we have determined the intracellular localisation of annexin I in human neutrophils using subcellular fractionation, protein separation by SDS-PAGE and immunoblotting, and show that virtually all annexin I is localised in the cell cytosol.